Almost a million Finns receive an electronic notification of their right to vote in the parliamentary elections
There are already almost a million voters this year will be notified of their right to vote in the parliamentary elections electronically. The notification will be sent electronically to all voters using Suomi.fi Messages. However, not all recipients of an electronic notification remember or notice that they receive the notification electronically.
“All voters who use Suomi.fi messages will receive notification of their right to vote in the parliamentary elections in electronic form instead of e-mail.
In other words, if you don’t receive a notification about voting rights by post between February and March, you should check your Suomi.fi message and check that your email address is correct. Notifications of new incoming messages are sent to the email address that the user has entered into the service,” reminds Maria Juka-LahdenperäSuomi.fi Viestit service owner from the Digital and Population Information Agency.
Electronic notifications are a significant eco-measure
Sending notices electronically is also a significant eco-measure, as it saves millions of pages of paper.
“Voters using Suomi.fi Viestes are already saving more than four million sheets of paper. If this amount of paper were collected in one pile, it would create a pile of paper about 400 meters high. That’s almost 2.5 Näsinneula Towers,” explains Juka-Lahdenperä.
This could save more paper. “We have calculated that if all those entitled to vote in the parliamentary elections received notification of voting electronically this year, almost 16 million sheets of paper would be saved. This amount of paper would add up to a pile about 1.6 kilometers high, which is more than five Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other,” says Juka-Lahdenperä.
You will receive information about your voting rights electronically when you activate Suomi.fi Messages by February 9
The Digital and Population Information Agency encourages the use of Suomi.fi Messages by February 9, 2023. You will receive a notification about this spring’s parliamentary elections and the right to vote electronically instead of on paper. A person entitled to vote does not need to print a copy of the notification of voting rights received electronically in order to present it at the polling station.
You can access the Suomi.fi Viestit service by downloading the Suomi.fi mobile application or identifying yourself here. Identification takes place with bank credentials, a mobile certificate or an electronic identity card. By enabling Suomi.fi Viestit, you will also receive e-mails sent by several other authorities.
What Suomi.fi messages?
Suomi.fi Viestit is a secure electronic mailbox that replaces official mail that arrives on paper. The service is used by several authorities and its use is constantly increasing. Incoming messages can be read with the Suomi.fi mobile application or by identifying yourself in the Suomi.fi web service here. This way you can read your incoming mail anywhere. Notifications of new incoming messages are sent to the email address you provided to the service. Users of the Suomi.fi mobile application also receive a notification directly through the application.
Source: Digital and Population Information Agency (Digital Agency)